Reading the internet, a recommendation


Link round ups are one of my favourite online article genres. They're both so simple - look at this list of things other people wrote! - and so full of interesting things. Because it isn't possible to read everything on the internet (though I do try), they are the perfect package.

And so I am starting my own. Mostly Italian-related, but also some other bits, and probably at least one journalist doing a Marie Kondo deep closet clean because I can't stop reading them.

Shall we begin?

Renato Bialetti, the man who gave his name to the Bialetti Moka stove top coffee pot, died recently and chose to have his ashes interred inside a giant Moka. I'm not a coffee drinker but Matt, who is, possesses both a Bialetti pot and an imitation moka. Emptying the previous day's coffee and refilling the coffee pot is quite the morning ritual.

Otzi, the most famous corpse from 3200 BCE and the most famous resident of the Alto Adige, has been 3D printed. (If I'm honest, I don't really understand what 3D printing is.)

I have spent a lot of time in Verona but the only time I had eaten there with friends we had the most dire of lunches at the most appalling of restaurants. That changed last week when I met a friend off the plane. She sent me this (2011) Guardian article recommending budget restaurants in Verona, so no repeat of last summer (also known as the worst meal of my Italian life, or why we don't let tourists chose lunch). We ate at Osteria Sottoriva and La Vecchia Fontnina, coincidentally the first two restaurants on the list, but that's not why we chose them.

On friends and moving, rather appropriate for where we are right now and our impending departure.

Also appropriate for right now, a discussion of the terrible flag process coming to an end in New Zealand right now.

Up there with minimalism, I also love articles on decision making. Mostly because I'm so terrible at it. Another NZ article.

A five-part, in-depth look at Professor Bhaer, Jo's husband in the Little Woman series. I was sending these to my sister who I think was getting rather exhausted by their constant arrival.

I've mentioned Marie Kondo in this post already. I've watched the rise of minimalism and tidying articles since way back 6 years ago while briefly working at the worst job of my life, when I found an article on minimalism and binge read through its many links. The Marie Kondo thing is just the most recent, shiniest incarnation of this and her new minimalism is a better fit for our high-consuming, high-discarding ways, and this article finally questioned what happens to our possessions that no longer 'spark joy'.

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